By Runa Magnus, leader of The Change Makers and the #NoMoreBoxes movement. The Change Makers are a group of international thought-leaders in the leadership and business world coming together to empower humans to create a change that is sustainable, inclusive and magnetic.
‘Become the change you want to see in your world’ - wise words from a wise man, Gandhi.
These are the words that inspired me to set up The Change Makers concept in 2017. The whole concept was integrated through those words as at the time I felt I needed and wanted deep down inside to challenge myself.
I wanted to break free from the limiting box that I truly felt wasn’t serving myself any longer. That box where I was questioning my own ability to be the change I wanted to see in my world. I wanted to see a world where people are being seen for their unique brilliance. I wanted to see a world where people were free to be themselves. I wanted to see a world where people could express themselves in a safe space. I wanted to see a world where people were valued no matter which gender, race, religion or background.
I was in a quite an interesting box, for many reasons, one of them being the fact that my own brand as the personal branding author, speaker and strategist is known for my work, helping fast-forward thinking professionals both in the political and business world to step-up their game, but I was trapped in my own game - can you see the irony here?
In the process of stepping up my own game, I’ve learned tons of things. In fact, I see now, there are 3 core steps to look at to become the change you want to see in your world.
Create Space for New Things in Space. In the world where you are being bombarded with news, noise, notifications left-right-centre it can be a really tricky thing to find the space to listen to your gut feeling. That emotional GPS like Oprah Winfrey talks about. However, it is essential for you to do so, for one simple reason. If you don’t have space in any shape or form, that you need to invite something new to your business or life, there isn’t any space for it to exist in.
Know Who You Truly Are First - so that you can understand yourself and your team in a deeper more meaningful way. As much as I believe in each and every human being on this planet, I’ve also found out how limiting and exhausting it is to drive the change you want to see in your world all by yourself. Are you putting yourself or others into a limiting isolating Boxes that are not creating the environment where people feel they feel safe and free to communicate themselves co-creating the change with you? If so, pay attention to your own limitations.
Take Action - Look deeply at the things you want to see different in this world. Make sure your business represents that - inside-out. This has to do with everything you and all of your employees are doing on a day-to-day basis. Every single action becomes your brand. Find the courage to demonstrate what you and your business stand for in any shape or form. If you are passionate about the environment, take the recycling process all the way - and not just in your business. You can even take a stand by using your own wallet in a more conscious way. Buying only products and services from other businesses that are also showing their missions in their every action.
With those core 3-Secret Steps in hand - both your personal and business brand will be known for being the change in your world.
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